HOW NEW LAW IS HELPING
VICTIMS OF DOMESTIC
On December 16, 1999, the Wisconsin Legislature enacted
a new law in the area of Unemployment Compensation that benefits victims
of domestic abuse. The new law provides an exception under 1999 Wisconsin
Act 15, Section 108.04(7), for victims of domestic abuse who leave their
Under Section 108.04(7), victims of domestic abuse who
voluntarily leave their employment will no longer be treated as if they
quit their job under Wisconsin law, provided that they do all
of the following:
Terminate their work due to domestic abuse, concerns about
personal safety or harassment, concerns about the safety or harassment
of their family members who reside with them, or concerns about the safety
or harassment of other household members; AND
"Domestic Abuse" means physical abuse, or a threat of physical abuse,
by an adult family or adult household member against another family or
household member; by an adult person against his or her spouse or former
spouse; or by an adult person with whom the person has a child in common.
"Family Member" means a spouse, parent, child, or person related by
consanguinity to another person.
2. Obtain a temporary restraining order or an injunction,
or have a recognized foreign protection order, prior to terminating
their employment; AND
"Household Member" means a person who is currently or formerly residing
in a place of abode with another person.
3. Demonstrate to the department that the order has been
or is reasonably likely to be violated.